Former golf club president is thanked by Kings as he stands down after 14 years
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TRIBUTES have been paid to Hamish Spence who has stood down as president of Kings Golf Club after 14 years in the role.
He is widely credited at being at the forefront of overseeing the transition of the former Torvean Golf Course to its new look which opened three years ago.
Spence is succeeded by new president Duncan McDonald who acknowledged his predecessor’s massive contribution to the transformation of the venue.
“Taking over what was once a municipal nine-hole course and overseeing the transition from the old Torvean to what is now a Scottish Golf Championship course is some accolade,” said McDonald.
“Hamish has steered the club from the brink of collapse to what is now regarded as one of the top courses in the North of Scotland.”
Since Kings Golf Club opened in 2019 with Spence as president, the club has committed to developing younger players and encouraging more female participation.
With support from the Inverness Common Good fund (ICGF), a covered bay was erected on the practice area ensuring tuition was uninterrupted for its junior section, regardless of weather conditions.
The club also hosted the Scottish Golf Amateur finals late last year and junior regional competitions and welcomed residents to use the club facilities as social members as well as visitors from across the UK and overseas.
Kings Golf Club has also received support from the ICGF for a toilet facility that will be built on the course later this year to encourage more participation.
McDonald says Spence has had a huge role to play in the success the club enjoys today.
“The club has never been so busy and in such a positive way,” he said.
“All this because Hamish had the will to keep the club going when it faced an uncertain future.”